How We Grow

Organic Certification

We believe that growing and farming Organically is the best way to produce food while looking after the land. The principles of Organic farming are:

The Principle of Health – Organic agriculture should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plant, animal and human as one and indivisible.

The Principle of Ecology – Organic agriculture should be based on living ecological systems and cycles, work with them, emulate them and help sustain them.

The Principle of Fairness – Organic agriculture should build on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities.

The Principle of Care – Organic agriculture should be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment.

Organic growing to us means thinking about the inputs we bring on to the farm and making sure they are as sustainable as possible. We don’t use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides but are building up a natural balance between the pests and predators as well as a crop rotation to manage soil diseases and green manures to improve soil health and fix nitrogen. We are certified by the Soil Association to make sure we are keeping on the right track.

No Dig

All of our veg is grown by hand using the no-dig method in the hope that it will keep our soils healthy by not disturbing the soil. The soil mico-organisms, worms and fungi are all undisturbed as we place compost on top of the soil rather than digging it in. This also has the advantage of suppressing the weeds. As most of our beds are now established we are going to work towards using less compost as a mulch and growing more green manures and then cutting them down and covering for a short time to kill them before the next crop goes in.

Local and Fresh

We aim for all our produce to be as fresh as possible when it is consumed and this means sell directly to local people. Our veg is only ever harvested the day before sale and mostly on the day of delivery. It does mean we use some plastic to bag our salad as it’s the only thing we have found that keeps the leaves fresh but we are always keeping our eyes on new developments as packaging catches up.

If you have any questions or would like to come and look around please get in touch at tustonfarm@gmail.com or by phoning Alice on 07539401648.